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WikiCup 2014[edit]

Hi there; this is just a quick note to let you all know that the 2014 WikiCup will begin in January. The WikiCup is an annual competition to encourage high-quality contributions to Wikipedia by adding a little friendly competition to editing. At the time of writing, 106 users have signed up to take part in the competition; interested parties, no matter their level of experience or their editing interests, are warmly invited to sign up. Questions are welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Thanks! J Milburn (talk) 20:39, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

Instructions do not work[edit]

The instructions for re-nominating a portal do not work, and cannot be made to work as written unless you are an admin.

Even if you are an admin, {{FPOC|Archive 1}} does nothing that is not done by {{FPOC}}. The code for Template:FPOC does not make use of any parameters.

Further, Template:FPOC attempts to show some editing instructions. These are supposed to be found at Wikipedia:Featured_portal_candidates/Editintro - which you will notice is a redlink. However, given it also tries to preload a template for the nomination from Wikipedia:Featured_portal_candidates/Preload, another redlink, it doesn't matter as much as it might.

Frankly, I'm at a loss to figure out how the instructions ever worked in the first place, and can only presume regulars are working off some mutually-developed conventions. In short, the instructions - and likely Template:FPOC - need a complete overhaul. Adam Cuerden (talk) 14:31, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

How can we fix it, Adam Cuerden ? Should we ask for admin help here? — Cirt (talk) 15:52, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
Honestly, it can't work as written, so our best choice is probably to give the option to make a page along the lines of Wikipedia:Featured portal candidates/Portal:Foo/2. Using #titleparts it's trivial to extract the needed information from that. Adam Cuerden (talk) 16:19, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
I think an easier solution may be to borrow some of the coding from FAC. Namely, the first nomination should be at /Archive 1, the second at /Archive 2, etc, and the templates involved can be recoded to look for, or create, the highest number necessary. That's how FAC does it and it works well. Imzadi 1979  18:18, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
I agree with this suggestion by Imzadi1979, above. Cheers, — Cirt (talk) 13:10, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
Adam Cuerden and Imzadi1979, can you help us modify the instructions to make this work per the suggestion of Imzadi1979 ? — Cirt (talk) 13:51, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

Old nominations[edit]

@Cirt and OhanaUnited: How long does a nomination stay at WP:FPOC and how many supports are needed. For example normally WP:FLC require 3 supports while for WP:FAC, often 6 is needed. My summary of current FPOCs;

  • Portal:Paleozoic - (Newest FPOC) - 4 month old nomination - (3 comments, 1 supports (only nominator) , 0 opposes) - No activity in approximately 4 months


  • Portal:Featured content - (2nd newest nom) - 4 months, 1 week old nomination - (0 comments, 1 supports (only nominator) , 1 opposes (Bencherlite) - No activity in approximately 4 months


  • Portal:Children's literature - (3rd newest nom) - 5 months old nomination - (1 comments, 2 supports (nominator and Lotje) , 0 opposes) - No activity in approximately 5 months


  • Portal:New York City - (oldest nom) - 6 months, 3 weeks old nomination - (2 comments, 2 supports (nominator and Sven Manguard) , 0 opposes) - No activity in approximately 5 months


  • Summary: 4 nominations (oldest 6.75 months, newest 4 months) - 2 noms with 2 supports, 2 with 1 - No activity in approximately 4 months


Also pinging @Sven Manguard, AGK, Lotje, Bencherlite, Espresso Addict, John Carter, and Nishkid64: Who have been active at WP:FPOC recently. — NickGibson3900 Talk 06:02, 3 October 2014 (UTC) @Imzadi1979 and Bill william compton: a few more active users at WT:FPOC - NickGibson3900 Talk 06:21, 3 October 2014 (UTC)@Crisco 1492: one more - NickGibson3900 Talk 06:36, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

The chronic inactivity of editors and directors at featured portal candidates is a long-standing problem. The decline since 2008 shown at Wikipedia:Featured portal candidates/Featured log tells its own story. It reflects the low esteem that portals and featured portals have within the wider community. Thanks for pinging me, but I don't have the time or inclination to review any other nominations at present. I did my bit to review nominations and promote/archive nominations in the absence of the directors a few years ago, and I have other, more interesting things to do these days. You could also have mentioned Featured portal review, where the last nomination Wikipedia:Featured portal review/Basque took nearly 10 months to demote a portal that hadn't been updated since 2007! Frankly, tagging the whole set-up as {{historical}}, as happened with WP:Featured Sounds in 2011, would simply be a recognition of reality. BencherliteTalk 09:10, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, NickGibson3900, I'll close some but I'm swamped at the moment in life with stuff, I'll try to get to it soon. OhanaUnited is of course free to do so, as well. — Cirt (talk) 12:01, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Update: I've closed Portal:Paleozoic and Portal:Featured content. I'll leave the other two for someone else to close. — Cirt (talk) 15:47, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Comment: In reply to NickGibson3900, generally at least two Supports with no actionable objections ideally with some comments that have been addressed, is sufficient to promote Featured Portal Candidates. — Cirt (talk) 15:48, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
I was out of the country this past week and haven't had the time to close some of them. The older noms will be closed later today. OhanaUnitedTalk page 18:12, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Update: All subsequently have been closed by myself and OhanaUnited. No current nominations open on the candidates page. Cheers, — Cirt (talk) 13:52, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015[edit]

Hi there; this is just a quick note to let you all know that the 2015 WikiCup will begin on January 1st. The WikiCup is an annual competition to encourage high-quality contributions to Wikipedia by adding a little friendly competition to editing. At the time of writing, more than fifty users have signed up to take part in the competition; interested parties, no matter their level of experience or their editing interests, are warmly invited to sign up. Questions are welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Thanks! Miyagawa (talk) 21:44, 29 December 2014 (UTC)